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    WASHINGTON, JANUARY 14 (RIA NOVOSTI CORRESPONDENT ARKADY ORLOV) - The existing terms of granting contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq can be revised for a group of countries, Russia included, which have no right to participate in the tender on these contracts, said a high-ranking representative of the National Security Council under the US President.

    He stressed that the terms for Russia can change and that the George Bush administration may revise the terms of granting contracts to a group of countries which will be ready to join the US efforts in Iraq. Russia has been included in this group, the Council's representative reported.

    On Tuesday, George Bush declared in Monterrey (Mexico) that Canada has received the right to participate in the second tranche of the tender.

    According to informed sources in Washington, the second tranche of the tender will be declared any time soon and will include contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq to the tune of $4.5 billion.

    Companies from 63 countries, whose list was compiled by the US first deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz, could participate in the first tranche of the tender which was declared last week and whose contracts make up $5 billion. The list did not include Canada, France, Germany, Russia, India and some other countries.

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